Partisan has always had a special place here at Jammerzine. They are a band, not only to be reckoned with as pioneers of the indie scene but respected as members of an elite group of musicians and songwriters that consistently earn that respect. Partisan are going places. Just listen to their catalog thus far.
In today’s Jammerzine Exclusive, we talk to Stuart Armstrong, singer/guitarist for the power trio that is Partisan. We get to know one of the minds behind the music as we pull back the curtain and meet one of the wizards. And when I tell you that Partisan are musical wizards, I’m not bragging by any means. Their work speaks for itself. I predict that by the end of this interview and a listen to their latest single “Ashes”, that they will indoctrinate you all as partisans.
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Bands and artists that work hard can always achieve some level of success. Whether it be getting a lot of exposure or releasing good songs. Hegarty is a band that does both through sheer hard work and perseverance. Today we talk to Hegarty frontman David Hegarty and Chris McKeown, bassist about their new album ‘Selling Your Soul To Sanity’ and how they keep their song quality so consistent as well as the past, present, and future.
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Legendary producer John Fryer, one of the most innovative sonic architects on the music scene, is releasing new music under his new project Black Needle Noise, dubbed “the spiritual successor to This Mortal Coil” by Cold War Night Life. Best known for his production work, he also branched out as a musician as one of only two constant members of This Mortal Coil (along with Ivo Watts-Russell), providing keyboards, strings and synthesizer sequencing for the band, and its offshoot, The Hope Blister.
In 1979, John Fryer started his career at London’s Blackwing Studios (London) and soon began working with seminal bands on the 4AD, Mute, Rough Trade and Beggars Banquet record labels, including Depeche Mode, The Wolfgang Press and Cocteau Twins. His achievement in helping develop the latter’s pioneering ethereal and ambient sound ultimately led Watts-Russell to recruit Fryer as his partner for This Mortal Coil.
He has produced many other groundbreaking artists, including Yaz (Yazoo), Nine Inch Nails, Clan of Xymox, Nitzer Ebb, Love and Rockets, Xmal Deutschland, Fields of the Nephilim, De/Vision and Stabbing Westward, Swans, HIM, Cradle of Filth, Jesus Jones, Swallow, M|A|R|R|S (A.R.Kane & Colourbox), Kristin Hersh and many others. More recent projects involve Dead Leaf Echo and The Foreign Resort.
Over the past two decades, John Fryer has also produced several film soundtracks, including Seven, Clerks, Johnny Mnemonic, Mortal Kombat, Faust and Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
The latest Black Needle Noise single ‘Swimming Through Dreams’ features renowned ethereal vocalist Mimi Page, who recently co-wrote and contributed vocals and programming on four tracks from Delirium’s 15th studio album ‘Mythologie’, which debuted at #7 on Billboard’s Electronic charts. Based in Los Angeles, she is also a singer-songwriter and composer of cinematic dream worlds.
This is a hypnotic ethereal track with swirling echoed croons, layered over a bed of textured dreamy electronica.
John Fryer and Mimi met through the album listening party for Delirium last September. After learning that she is a huge This Mortal Coil fan, the two undertook to collaborate. “We wanted to capture a very atmospheric dreamy sound and I think we did that. It was a great pleasure working with her as with all the vocalists on Black Needle Noise.”
Black Needle Noise creates the virtual soundtrack to movies you haven’t dreamt of yet, presenting musical soundscapes, audio alchemy, and sonic sculptures with film noir blues overtones. Nobody should be surprised by the fact that this music brings to mind artists ranging from Cocteau Twins to Nine Inch Nails, bothl of whom he has produced.
“Black Needle Noise takes you to a whole new level of Shinier, Richer, Darker Noise PoP. This project will just keep growing and growing – there are no rules or boundaries for it. The music will be whatever it will be – whatever comes out of me. It can go in any direction it wants. As long as I keep going, it will keep going”, explains John Fryer.
The project has been low key since commencing last year. “I was going to release the first track ‘Bang Bang’ on my birthday (January 11), but that very morning it was announced Bowie had died, so it kind of knocked me sideways that day”.
Long-time fans of John Fryer’s musical output will be drawn to his trademark sound, and new listeners will love the layered richness, experimental tones, effects and melodies. Informed by decades of sound-crafting, the advent of Black Needle Noise marks Fryer’s continuous and ever-evolving move into the future.
Black Needle Noise is releasing singles one by one towards the next album. Other recent singles feature Jarboe from Swans, Canadian-born songwriter/ guitarist Jennie Vee (she also plays bass in Courtney Love’s band Hole), as well as Omniflux of Puscifer., Kendra Frost of Kite Base, Andrea Kerr of Colt, Elena Alice Fossi of Kirlian Camera, and Zialand, among others.
‘Swimming Through Dreams’ will be available via iTunes and various streaming platforms, and is already available on a pay-what-you-want basis via Black Needle Noise’s Bandcamp page.
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Among the many near-mythical figures of the Manchester music scene, he’s known as the Nearly Man. You’d expect a drummer to have better timing. Yes, Simon Wolstencroft parted ways before The Patrol became The Stone Roses. Yes, he turned down The Smiths. Yes, Noel Gallagher asked if he fancied joining his band.
Right place, right time, wrong choices? Timing is everything. But the beat goes on and although Simon can see what might have been, cultivating bitterness bears no fruit… and ‘Funky Si’ has tasted the nectar.
Spending an unlikely eleven years in The Fall and hooking up with his old mate Ian Brown during the latter’s solo days, ‘You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide’ reflects on a life driven by a passion for playing.
Taking the reader from the warehouses of Manchester and the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the high rises of Tokyo, this book is a backstage pass to an evocative musical era that restored pride to the city of Manchester. With humor and detail, Simon’s memoir recounts a fascinating tale of drumming and drugs, friendships and fall-outs, but, above all, a love of music.Post Views: 120